The Angle Defining Tricks I Rely On to Restore My Once-High Cheekbones

Posted 05/01/12 at 06:48AM by Audrey Fine

Until recently, I was lucky to have been genetically blessed with pretty great cheekbones. But yet another fun thing about getting along in years is that with every passing month, those formerly angular planes of my face appear less and less defined. Fun, fun.

Since there's no way I'm going to go the implant route -- and becoming a filler slave is too rich for my blood -- I'm relegated to relying on some plain old-fashioned makeup tricks to help give my face the angular look I used to take for granted.

Tip 1: To create the look of high, defined cheekbones where there aren't any, apply a slightly darker blush under your cheekbones and then dab on a highlighter (like Benefit Moon Beam, $24) to the top of the bone, right under the outer edge of your eyes. This will help to catch the light while the darker blush will give the illusion of depth, making your face seem more defined.

Tip 2: If you really want to make your cheekbones "pop" and look natural, follow the above two steps and finish by adding a swirl of pink or peach blush to the apples your cheeks. To find them, just smile at yourself in the mirror and they'll pop out.

Tip 3: If you don't want to try to figure out which shades go where and would rather not spring for a bunch of different products, try a 3-in-1 blush combo (like CoverGirl Instant Cheekbones Contouring Blush, $5.49). Multi-purpose compacts like this are a snap to use and take all the guesswork out of finding the appropriate shades yourself.

And that's it -- not too difficult, and definitely worth the effort. Trust me, all it takes is a little strategically placed color and you'll be giving Charlize Theron's sky-high cheekbones a run for their money.

Have any age-defying tricks you'd like to share?
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  • Posted by GigiSD on 05/08/13 at 10:49pm

    I like Cover Girl's "Instant Cheekbones Contouring Bush." These are helpful tips.

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  • Posted by EricaF123 on 12/29/12 at 01:21pm

    Nice

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  • Posted by Nicole2814 on 05/13/12 at 06:37pm

    great

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  • Posted by beautybody on 05/01/12 at 11:23am

    Great tips. I have just started using more illuminators and wanted to learn to sculpt my cheekbones in a tasteful manner.

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